100cm (H) x 75cm (W), Acrylic on canvas.
BLUE BUDDHA- Buddha of the East (Le Bu Wei Buddha)
Earthly element: Buddha of Water
Symbol: Septre or Single Vajra
Animal Throne: Elephants
The Blue Buddha sits in the East Direction, the statue on the far left. He signifies confidence and fearlessness. He is blue and wears a blur robe to signify the link to ‘ healing’, ‘all-knowing’, and ‘good healthy life’.Blue in Buddhism also signifies the concept of loving kindness and peace.
The hands are in the mudra of appeasement or consolation, that when one finds themselves struggling with the future that trust and faith will find a way. Water has a calming effect on all of us. The tranquil nature of this Buddha indicates that one can face their problems without fear.
With Blue Buddhas halo is a single vajra. It is the thunderbolt and diamond. It represents firmness of spirit and spiritual power.
The waterfall flowing behind Buddha is an indication that in life, in order to overcome fear is to ‘go with the flow’ of life. Life becomes difficult when we try to walk against the natural water flow. The elephants on either side of Buddha are spouting up the water indicating that life is too be enjoyed. The elephants symbolise happiness, longevity and good luck.Additionally, the elephant in Chinese art is a symbol of strength and wisdom. The elephant is a sacred animal in Buddhist traditions.